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Kovalchuk Could Play Wednesday

via TSN,
Ilya Kovalchuk is staying in Atlanta for the long term. The Atlanta Thrashers signed the restricted free agent to a five-year deal Friday night and all that is required is league approval from the NHL. The new contract is expected to be approved by the league Saturday. Pending that and his immigration status, Kovalchuk is expected to be in the Thrashers' lineup either Wednesday against Montreal or Friday against Toronto. The contract is worth $6.5 million the first year, then $5 million, $5.5 million, $7.5 million and $7.5 million in the final year, agent Jay Grossman told ESPN.

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